KINGSLEY - In their best showing to date this season, the Cherokee Braves wrestling team had 10 grapplers place at the rugged Kingsley-Pierson Wrestling Invitational here Saturday.
Among those battling Braves placing were champion Zac Anderson at 152 pounds, and runners-up Austin Agnitsch at 103, and Jack Letsche at 140.
Six other Braves placed third, including Nate Laursen at 125, Rick Weaver at 145, Tyler McLaughlin at 160, Manny Bustos at 189, Trevor Devitt at 215, and Miah Back at 285. Gabe Conley was fifth at 171 for Cherokee.
Anderson won all three of his matches, including a 10-6 decision over Tyler Campbell of K-P, a 1:22 fall over Jake Petersen of Westwood, and a 4:18 fall over Luke Peters of Lawton-Bronson.
Also, Bustos, who was pinned in 1:07 by Sam Van Ginkle of HWC, pinned Matt Richardson of L-B in :54, and pinned Sam Anderson of Westwood in 4:41; Devitt, who pinned Jerret Spink of K-P in :55, was pinned in :29 by Trent Baker of Westwood, and pinned K-P's Spink a second time in 2:24; Back, who was pinned by Dillon Mugge of MMC in 4:49, and beat Juan Munoz of Westwood 5-1.
Lawton-Bronson won the team title with 168 points, followed by Westwood 142, Cherokee 137, K-P 132, HWC 116, and MMC 116.
"It was a great day for us," said a pleased Cherokee coach Jason Wood. "We had our highest placing of the year with 137 team points. We had the most third-place finishes, too. Zac dominated on the mat and was a champion with two pins on the day."
The Braves travel to MMC Thursday night for a double dual also featuring Ridge View.